Cap’n Jack

A magnificent blue parrot with large claws and clipped wings, a little girl’s pet. What’s the good word? “I got your good word,” it says.

It sets sail on her raft for a testing area, new skin for a small submarine against tubes of nitroglycerine laid on the bottom.

Flipper breaks out of the pen to save it.

“Help, Flipper, help,” it says.